Born among the thick, gloom-laden forests of the US’s Pacific Northwest, Alda began cultivating their sound of maddeningly dense, suffocating banks of black metal fog and moody folk riffs with the release of their LP Tahoma on sickmangettingsick.records. Since then, they’ve continued to prove themselves to be one of the lords of Cascadian Black Metal—avoiding the self-indulgent noodling and tired songwriting that often plagues the genre. Settle in, because you’re in for a long journey through remote mountain regions where bitter cold consumes all who escape the vast evergreen labyrinth below.